Worried about seeing the emergency services close their doors, the president of the Association of Hospital Emergency Physicians, Patrick Pelloux, is sounding the alarm. He considers the situation of the public hospital “catastrophic”. He asks the public authorities to react. “We are in the middle of a storm” and the public hospital is threatened with sinking. Alarmed, the president of the Association of hospital emergency physicians of France, Patrick Pelloux, warns of a situation he considers “catastrophic”. A hundred French emergency services have, according to him, been forced to close or reduce their activity, especially at night. The university hospitals, particularly weakened by the pandemic, are faced with a crying lack of personnel. Asked by Ouest-France, the emergency doctor speaks of a “great renunciation” on the part of hospital employees, who “have been a little abandoned after having worked a lot”. Recently, it was the Bordeaux University Hospital (Gironde) which was forced to limit access to its emergency service only via the Samu. The system is completely “destabilized” and the Ségur de la santé, supposed to improve the working conditions of caregivers, “has been without effect”, according to Patrick Pelloux. The proposed salary increase, of 183 euros per month, “did not even catch up with the decline in purchasing power of the last twenty years”, develops the doctor. The public authorities implicated Also, the collapse of the public hospital is not the fact of the personnel, according to him. Rather, he blames “the public authorities, who want to create a situation of chaos to close structures”. With the approach of a summer that he senses “atrocious” and marked by “unexpected and involuntary deaths in the structures”, Patrick Pelloux calls for an overhaul of the system. The training of caregivers must be rethought, as well as hospital management, today “archaic” and based “on humiliation”. The emergency doctor considers it necessary to reintegrate non-vaccinated caregivers to deal with the emergency and recommends setting up a duty of care “for all doctors, including private clinics”. Patrick Pelloux also asks that night work and guards be valued by “creating equal pay for all” and doubling the remuneration of night guards.
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